Call Me Charlie
Author's note: This was my final project for my creative writing class. It's based on several personal... Show full author's note »
Chapter 1“Hey Logan! Get that mutated rat out of my yard!” I shouted as we approached my house, a small one-story building surrounded only by empty dirt lots.
Logan smiled innocently. “Awww come on, Charlie! He’s only admiring your beautiful flowers! Did you plant them? They’re gorgeous!”
Liar. “He is not! He’s—Ohh, that’s disgusting. That’s it! Get out of here! NOW!”
“That just means he likes you. Besides, I don’t know why you hate him so much. I can bring Steve over if you’d like,” he said, grinning wickedly, his smile as large and evil as a crocodile’s.
“No! Don’t EVER bring that stupid snake over! Do you hear me? EVER!” And then I raced into the house while he stood there with his ugly dog laughing like a hyena.
I have this thing about snakes. I guess you could call it a phobia. They’re disgusting, slimy, hideous, freaky, nauseating, revolting little things. They are by far the worst animals on the planet. Ever since I saw one on my kitchen counter two years ago, I’ve despised them (and I still have absolutely no idea how it got there). So there was a problem when we moved in, because our neighbor, my “walking-home buddy” according to my mother, is a complete jerk, and he just happens to have a pet snake which he enjoys tormenting me with.
That one night in early July, just a couple months ago, was the night that my whole world came crashing down on me, all because of my mom’s “good” news.
We moved out a week later to the smallest town in Idaho—probably the smallest town in all of the U.S. Dad had found the perfect fairytale house: the one for the seven dwarves. It was located completely in the middle of nowhere, but apparently it was close to his new job, which supposedly made everything perfect. The nearest Walmart was many towns away, and there were about two other houses on our street—the closest one, of course, was half a mile down the street from ours. And there lived the most aggravating, cruel, selfish, conceited, insensitive creature to ever walk the earth. Yes, it was a boy.